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Norman Swabian Castle – Mesagne (Brindisi)

from 21 May to 6 June 2022

(see picture exhibition here )


The contemporary art exhibition FEMINAE VIRTUS by the Italian artist Angioletta De Nitto opens on Saturday 21 May 2022 at 7:00 pm, at the Norman Swabian Castle of Mesagne, curated by Dores Sacquegna. In addition to the artist and the curator, the Mayor Antonio Matarelli, the cultural consultant Marco Calò, the president of Micexperience, Pierangelo Argentieri will be present at the inauguration ceremony. The event has the patronage of the Mesagne’s Municipality  (Brindisi).

The exhibition – The contemporary art exhibition by artist Angioletta De Nitto will take place in the prestigious exhibition rooms on the first floor of the Norman Swabian Castle of Mesagne, who after several years returns to exhibit in her hometown and in the setting of one of the most beautiful castles of Apulia Empire. With FEMINAE VIRTUS, the title of the exhibition curated and reviewed in the catalog by Dores Sacquegna, the artist exhibits nineteen canvases of recent pictorial production, through a symbolic and conceptual investigation of female virtues and states of being. This is an exceptional preview in the subject and in the theme and which – through the formula of an ethical fairy tale – invites the user to reflect on their absolute potential.

With a hyper-realistic painting, which distinguishes her from her contemporaries, Angioletta De Nitto, represents nineteen metaphorical talismans of our present, zoomorphic figures that interact with the frescoes of the Castle, spiritual entities and social identities, creating a bridge between past and present, between colors and Zen evocations, between conscious and unconscious. Well contextualized with the medieval scenic venue of the castle, the works such as “La nostra Maschera/Our mask” in which the pressures of the Id are perceived, followed by “ Trionfo di energia/Triumph of Energy”, created following the technical structure of the sacred geometry of the feminine and “ La luce della volontà/The light of the will ”, of Renaissance matrix, with the pyramidal system towards the top. Works, which investigate the world turned to women but also social demands to achieve self-determination.

The “bestiarum” that animates the canvases continues with works such as ” Apparente Dualismo/Apparente dualism” and “Ravvedimento di rinascita/Repentance of rebirth”, with archetypes and guiding animals. The theme of Death is exorcised by rebirth to fully understand and integrate the very meaning of Life with works such as “Immortalità/Immortality”. Between physical nature and cosmic energy, between masks and behaviors of love, other works of this unprecedented series reveal the masks and truths of every human action, in the duality between good and evil. A research that goes beyond the fairy tale and arrives at environmental issues such as “Urlo salentino/Salento Scream“, or on the hostilities of cyberspace with “Viaggio nel tempo/ Time  Journey”, up to the most current issues related to the pandemic period and the war in Ukraine with “Rispetto/Respect” that it closes this cycle and is an invitation to respect each other’s cultural, social and individual diversities.

Feminae Virtus, by Angioletta De Nitto, is a journey of life, faith and hope, which is pictorially manifested with ethical-value and behavioral messages, to reflect on human existence and to improve experiential and social life. The adjoining rooms host a small selection of previous works including Meduse Cosmiche, Vicende, Uno di noi. On display is the FEMINAE VIRTUS catalog published by Locorotondo Editrice di Mesagne (www.locopress.it), with a critical text by Dores Sacquegna and considerations by Angioletta De Nitto.

The artistAngioletta De Nitto (1963) was born in Mesagne, where she lives and works. She graduated in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce, she collaborated as a restorer for the Superintendence of Archaeological and Artistic Heritage of Taranto. Since 1996 she has exhibited regularly nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions, biennials, art fairs in Italy and abroad including Greece, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Sweden. Her permanent collections including: Gergeri-Rouvas Art Gallery (Crete Island, Greece), a project curated by Dores Sacquegna; MAP Mediterranean Museum of Present Art of Brindisi (Italy). In 1996 she is one of the finalists of the Mondadori Art Prize.

FEMINAE VIRTUS by Angioletta De Nitto

Norman Swabian Castle, noble floor exhibition rooms

Via Castello, City of Mesagne (Brindisi)

Days and times: 9: 00-13: 00 am/17: 00-22: 00 pm

(Monday morning closed) Free Entry

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